NCAA Champion Penn State Added to the Southern Scuffle
Head Coach Heath Eslinger
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling head coach Heath Eslinger announced today that the 2011 NCAA Champion Penn State Nittany Lions are confirmed to participate in next year's Southern Scuffle.  Hosted by UTC and the Greater Chattanooga Sports & Events Committee, the Southern Scuffle debuts in the Scenic City on January 1-2, 2012, in the McKenzie Arena. 

"We are very excited that Penn State is joining a stacked lineup at the Southern Scuffle," stated Eslinger.  "We are attracting some of the biggest names in collegiate wrestling in hopes of making this one of the top in-season tournaments in the country." 

With the Nittany Lions joining the lineup, there are now seven teams from last year's top-25 headed to Chattanooga.  This includes No. 2 Cornell, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 19 Missouri, No. 21 Oregon State, No. 23 Virginia and No. 25 Indiana.

Also competing in the event are Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Army, Campbell, Cleveland State, Gardner-Webb, Hofstra, Ohio and Old Dominion.  Represented among all 19 teams are 16 returning All-Americans and two NCAA National Champions from the 2011 season. 

The event is an invitational tournament with student-athletes competing in each of the 10 collegiate weight classes.  The Southern Scuffle gained notoriety in its original home of Greensboro, N.C., over the previous eight years. 

With approximately 300 participants, and the accompanying coaches, family and fans, descending upon the Scenic City, the Chattanooga Southern Scuffle will have a tremendous economic impact on the area.  The event generated overall $1 million in tourism revenue each year during its run in Greensboro.   

More teams are expected to be added to the lineup, so be sure to check back to GoMocs.com for more updates. 

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